Wednesday, July 24, 2013

I Like A Lot of Things---

'Specially YOU

 An American Greeting book
Written by Phyllis Mabry
Illustrated by Holly Hobbie

Especially for: 
(handwritten from my teacher)
"Mary, 
Who is a child and who is therefore one of the most precious and fragile tissues of wonder that God can give to the world. 
From Miss Moore"

"I like you even better than staying up late...
Being treated to an ice cream soda...
Getting a surprise in the mail,
Or helping someone out.

I like you even better than winning something...
Finding memories in the attic ...
Or hearing my favorite song...


I like you even better than playing with a kitten...
Roasting marshmallows... 
Or doing something right the first time.

I like you even better than eating fresh-baked cookies...
Whispering secrets under an umbrella...
Rocking in a rocking chair ...
Gee, I like you!

  I like you even better than finding the first flowers in spring...

Summer vacation...
Big piles of autumn leaves..
Or sitting in front of a fireplace on a cold evening.

I like you even better than reading a good book...
Playing in the creek on a summer day...
Or rainbow after the rain...
Guess when you come right down to it,
I like YOU better than anything!"


It's very 70's isn't it? In both its poetic words and illustrations.  I had every word, every picture memorized when I was a child. This book always held a special place in my heart, mostly because it was a gift of my own from a special teacher, Miss Moore, my second grade year at St. Mary's.  

A good year;  I remember Jennifer and Melissa were my best friends and we would go home and have butter and honey on white bread for a snack together in my backyard where we discussed our first crush, Louis S.  I remember walking to mass in class line down a busy street to The Visitation.  I remember on a casual/ non uniform day, getting the sash of my dress stuck in the swing, jumping, and being smacked around in face with the swing for a shiner than escaped the notice and comment of no one! And that year, our whole class was invited to Miss Moore's wedding. So there was someone she liked better than me, but of course I knew that all along.

Because of Miss Moore's care, the book's message helped introduce and help me start to understand transcending love (well, from an 8 year old's view at least) and  a better perspective of offering things to God to help open my human, selfish, untrusting heart.  

I was a child with a strange imagination and thought if I offered something to God, He would come down and take it, bolt of lightning and all. And I was not prepared to lose my few possessions or family. Reading this over and over helped me see, we can love and offer our worldly goods, enjoyments and spiritual gifts to God,  and still be able to fully live and love here on earth. We are inviting God into our lives to share even the small things. Being able to offer/ dedicate things, people and myself shared my life with God and helped me open my heart to others around me.  Since Heaven is our home, it's where we should store our treasures.

Matthew 6:19-21

19 Lay not up to yourselves treasures on earth: where the rust, and moth consume, and where thieves break through and steal.

20 But lay up to yourselves treasures in heaven: where neither the rust nor moth doth consume, and where thieves do not break through, nor steal.

21 For where thy treasure is, there is thy heart also.